Discover West Clare
County Clare is situated on the west coast of Ireland, with Galway to the north and Kerry south of the Shannon. The Loop Head Peninsula has been voted one of the five best places to holiday in Ireland 2013.
West Clare encompassing the area west of county town Ennis is largely undiscovered by tourists. West Clare is famous for the unique Burren area, traditional music, a spectacular coastline and the quality and diversity of its seafood. Lisdoonvarna has achieved fame, or notoriety, with the annual bachelor festival, while the nearby Cliffs of Moher can equally thrill and scare!
Carrigaholt Dolphin Watch, adjacent to Querrin Creek, has daily boat trips to visit the largest inshore pod of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Situated in the Special Area of Conservation, boasting a long sandy beach, excellent pubs and restaurants, and watched over by a 15th century castle, Carrigaholt is a firm favourite.
Kilkee is a Victorian resort, graced by a semi-circular promenade and strand, awe-inspiring cliff walks, an 18 hole golf course and memories of Richard Harris, a long term resident. For the serious golfer, Doonbeg has a new links course designed by Greg Norman and listed in the top hundred courses in the world.
"I love the abandon of abandoned things I sense a rapture in deserted things" from "Letting Go" by Michael Coady